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PSU Women’s Lacrosse romps past RIC in regular season finale

Panthers to host Little East play-off game Tuesday

            PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Juniors Shannon Connerty (Nashua, N.H.) and Amy MacDonald (Hull, Mass.) tallied a game-high six points apiece Saturday afternoon as the Plymouth State University women's lacrosse team defeated Rhode Island College, 19-4, in a Little East Conference game at Panther Field.

            The Panthers wrap up the regular season with a 9-4 overall record, and wind up in third place in the LEC with a 4-2 mark. RIC, which has one more game to play on Sunday, drops to 7-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play.

            Plymouth State used a balanced offensive attack to secure the victory. Connerty scored a game-high five goals and added an assist while MacDonald contributed three goals and three assists and freshman Jordyn Godfrey (Glenville, N.Y.) chipped in with four goals. Senior Lorin Field (Hollis, N.H.), PSU's starting goalie, moved to an attack position after PSU had a big lead, and recorded three goals and an assist.

            Freshman Caroline Vonachen (Framingham, Mass.) also had a strong all-around game, posting team-highs with five caused turnovers and six ground balls.

            Senior Jessalyn O'Neill (North Providence, R.I.) led the Anchorwomen with two goals and three caused turnovers, while freshman Betsy Heidel (Warwick, R.I.) and junior Danielle Landon (Wading River, N.Y.) also scored once each.

            PSU never trailed in the game and pulled out to a 6-0 lead midway through the first half.  Connerty scored three of PSU's first four goals, and her fourth of the game gave the Panthers a 7-0 lead. Heidel put the Anchorwomen on the board with 14 minutes left in the first half, but PSU rattled off six unanswered goals to close out the half with a 13-1 lead. Godfrey had three goals and Field two in the Panther spurt. 

PSU seniors Allie Gonyea and Lorin Field  

            O'Neill scored the first goal of the second half for RIC, but MacDonald answered with two straight for PSU and the Anchorwomen didn't challenge the rest of the way.

            Field made four saves in the Panther goal in 23 minutes between the pipes.  Junior Casey Curran (Framingham, Mass.) also made four saves in 28 minutes of relief, and freshman Meg Brault (South Windsor, Conn.) played the final nine minutes.

            RIC starting goalie senior Taryn Carbone (Cranston, R.I.) made six saves in 51 minutes of action, while sophomore Ashley Alardi (North Providence, R.I.) made one save in nine minutes off the bench.

            Plymouth State will be the #3 seed in next week's Little East Tournament, and will host a first round game on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. against an opponent to be determined. The Anchorwomen return home to host the University of Southern Maine on Sunday at noon in a regular season make-up contest.

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